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A spectacular natural backdrop, a feisty heroine, and a rich period of American history converge in a unique epistolary novel about observation and independence.
It is the spring of 1898. "A. E. Bartram," a medical student from Cornell with a passion for botany and a gently astringent wit, talks--or, rather, writes--herself into a place on a Smithsonian-sponsored field study in Yellowstone National Park. Through lively and authentic correspondence, Diane Smith captures the naturalists' reception of what they had assumed to be a male "Dr. Bartram" and the entertaining and enlightening web of relationships that is formed between them over a summer of adventure and collecting.
A pithy agriculturist, a Crow Indian family, an aging nature writer, tourists, railroad barons, poachers, the U.S. cavalry ... a rich array of characters populate the park. From Alex herself (a firm believer in "science versus sentiment") to the mild-mannered professor who leads the group and flounders amid its human dilemmas there emerge clashing concepts of science, nature, and economics. In the tradition of A. S. Byatt's Angels and Insects and Andrea Barrett's Ship Fever, Letters from Yellowstone captures an ever-fascinating era and one woman's attempt to take charge of her life, in a majestic setting that crystallizes the interplay of Ursus americanus, Populus angustifolia, and Homo sapiens.
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IN STUNNING TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY YELLOWSTONE, A YOUNG WOMAN EXPERIENCES THE JOYS OF THE WILDERNESS AND THE PASSION OF DISCOVERY
In the spring of 1898, A. E. (Alexandria) Bartram -- a feisty young woman with a love for botany -- is invited to join a field study in Yellowstone National Park. Its leader, a mild-mannered professor from Montana, mistakenly assumes she is a man, and is less than pleased to discover the truth. Once the scientists overcome the shock of having a woman on their team, they forge ahead on a summer of adventure, forming an enlightening web of relationships as they move from Mammoth Hot Springs to a camp high in the backcountry. But as they make their way collecting amid Yellowstone's pristine beauty -- threatened even a century ago by misguided tourism -- the group is splintered by differing views on science, nature, and economics.
This delightful epistolary novel captures an ever-fascinating era and charts one woman's dramatic journey to a greater understanding of herself and her place in the world.About the Author:
Diane Smith has worked for the last fifteen years as a writer specializing in science and the environment. Her first novel, Letters from Yellowstone, was the winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fiction Prize and was nominated in the fiction category for the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Book Awards.
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Book Description Viking Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Later Printing. Gift Condition. Clean Tight And Square. No Markings. Seller Inventory # 033389
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